Yu Chen holds court after Day 2; that’s a wrap!
From our 187 starters that came into Day 2 of the WPTDeepStacks Sydney Opening Event, we’re now down to a dozen and it’s Melbourne’s own Yu Chen that bagged a monster chip lead!
The former Crown Melbourne croupier was virtually flawless in her performance today, highlighted by the elimination of Milan Stojkovic on the bubble-bubble before almost stacking Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson leading up to the last three tables.
Chen then raked in one of the biggest pots of the tournament so far, clashing with Star Gold Coast Champs Main Event final tablist Lei Yang in the lead-up to the final level of play to end up bagging 6,020,000.
In second chip position is Todd ‘The Salesman’ Sekli, who ended the day with 3,700,000 and will no doubt be looking to close the deal tomorrow.
And although he did take a couple of hits late in the day, Lei is still sitting comfortably with 3,545,000, while Sydney poker stalwarts Michele Bouskila (3,540,000) and John Caridad (2,410,000) round out the top five.
WPTDEEPSTACKS SYDNEY OPENING EVENT – DAY 3 SEAT DRAW
Table 32 (Feature Table)
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Shortly after the clock was paused and the final four hands of the night were called, Michelle Psarras picked up A♠Q♥ and moved all-in; Chad Awerbuch called, showing down A♥J♥, however neither hand changed after the dealer spread a board of 6♠10♥K♠4♠2♦.
And with that, Day 2 of the Opening Event is complete and it’s now time to wrap this up. Back soon!
Having moved past the five-million chip mark briefly, Yang Lei has dropped 20% of his stack over the space of two hands.
In more the action we caught on the secondary feature table, Opening Event Day 1C chip leader Peter Dykes got his money in pre-flop with Q♣J♥, trailing Lei’s A♠K♦, but turned the straight on the board of 10♦9♥8♠J♦4♥ to double through.
Lei then clashed in a massive hand against Yu Chen in what was one of the biggest pots of the night.
Chen raised from early position to 120,000 and action folded around to Lei who three-bet to 350,000 out of the blinds; Chen then four-bet it to 600,00 and Lei called before opening for 500,000 after the flop of 5♥8♥10♣.
Chen called and then action repeated after Lei opened for 630,000 on the turn of the 4♠.
Lei then checked his option on the river 5♣, which prompted Chen to fire a bet worth 1,050,000. Lei tanked for almost four minutes before eventually sending his hand into the muck.
Level 27: 40,000/80,000 (80,000)
After taking out Lewis Murray in an early hand, Yang Lei is now just shy of five milly after busting out Kevin Tan.
Tan moved in pre-flop from under the gun and action folded around to Lei who quickly called before the blinds got out of the way.
Although both players made two pair on the board of 8♣8♦3♥Q♣K♦, Lei was best with aces-up and Tan took his leave.
Over on Table 30, action folded around to Michelle Psarras who moved all-in from the hijack wth A♣2♣; Gary Benson then short-called from the button and found himself well ahead with K♠K♣, and kept his lead after the dealer produced a flop of 9♠3♠4♠.
However, Psarras spiked the A♥ on the turn for the overpair before Benson was wheeled out with the river 5♦.
Awerbuch back in business
In more of the action we witnessed on the secondary feature tables, Chad Awerbuch scored a big double up through Hongbin Guo.
Although we weren’t able to get all the details, there was heavy action all the way down a board of 8♦6♦4♦9♦K♣ before Awerbuch tabled A♦A♣ for the nut flush to secure the double.
Level 26: 30,000/60,000 (60,000)
Et tu, Vu?
Hai Vu has just been sent packing at the hands of Michel Bouskila, who is now close to hitting the five-million chip mark.
Although Vu got his money in good after a flop of 3♣6♣2♥ holding 8♠8♣, Bouskila’s K♣9♣ hit the flush with the 2♣ before the river 4♦ completed the board.
The top 24
With three players eliminated leading up to the break, we were able to complete a full round of counts during the intermission with the assistance of the Star Poker Sydney crew.
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Level 25: 25,000/50,000 (50,000)
Break it down
Time for another 10-minute break! We’ll be back with a full round of counts for you shortly.
Having stepped into the spotlight with his deep run in the Star Gold Coast Champs Main Event, Yang Lei continues his quest for glory here in Sydney after eliminating Trevor Saunders.
Sanders got his money in pre-flop well ahead with A♥A♣ against Lei’s Q♦Q♣; Lei turned a set on the 10♣3♠7♣Q♥K♠ board to send Saunders to the rail.
Solo slammed down fast
Sydney physio Brett Solo has been eliminated by Chad Awerbuch as action continues in the WPTDeepStacks Sydney Opening Event.
Solo moved all-in for the last of his short stack with 9♣7♥ after a flop of 8♣10♠9♥, but Awerbuch snapped him off with 8♥8♦ for middle set.
Despite turning the straight with the J♣, Awerbuch filled up with the repeat J♦ on the river.
Clash of the titans
Two of our Opening Event Day 1 chip leaders have gone toe-to-toe, with Romain Morvan’s story ending at the hands of Peter Dykes.
Having nursed his short stack through to the final three tables, Morvan got it in pre-flop with A♣7♣, but Dykes woke up with A♥K♦ which hit two pair on the board of K♥8♣4♣8♦6♥.
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 (40,000)
Chen cuts into Benson
Action folded around to Yu Chen who raised to 75,00 from the hi-jack position before Gary Benson called from the button to go heads-up to a flop of 10♦2♦8♣, which they both checked.
Chen then fired another 75,000 after the turn of the 2♣; Benson called, then repeated his action after Chen opened for 180,000 on the river 4♥. Chen then showed down A♦7♠.
“Good call, you got me,” muttered Benson as he tabled K♥J♥.
George Kanaan has just felted Nadina Amari over on Table 31 as the field in this Opening Event moved down to just four tables.
Amari moved the last of his chips in pre-flop with A♣6♣, but despite turning an Ace against Kanaan’s K♠K♦ on the board of 4♥8♣J♥A♥, the river K♥ gave Kanaan the set and the scoop.
But although Kanaan moved up to 650,000 after that hand they’ll have some work to do if they want to catch Michel Bouskila, who has been sighted by our crew as the first past the two-million mark!
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 (25,000)
Yu Chen is now almost at 1.5 million chips after taking out John Bautista before the start of Level 23.
Bautista jammed the last of his chips in with Q♥10♥, but reeled after Chen iso-raised, forcing the blinds out of the way before she tabled A♦K♥.
There was nothing but Bautista could do but watch as the board of 7♥9♦7♦5♥J♦ ran clean for Chen. Game over, man.
The bust-outs are starting to ramp up here in the Opening Event, with a small queue forming at the payout desk, with Martin Finger and Phil Shepherd amongst those to have now cashed out.
Shepherd’s elimination came at the hands of Con Angelakis after he moved the last of his short stack into the middle with Q♠J♥, only to see Angelakis’ A♦9♣ hit two pair on the flop of 8♣8♠A♣ and then filling up after the turn and river ran out 8♥, 6♦.
Level 22: 10,000/25,000 (25,000)
Peter Brasile has also joined the millionaire’s club, eliminating Greg Manning as we approach Level 22.
It was another all-in-call pre-flop situation, this time with Manning running his 9♥9♦ into the J♥J♣ of Brasile, which held after the board was spread 5♥8♣A♠7♥A♦.
Levy is dry
Michael Levy has been confirmed amongst the latest group of players to collect from the cage after being taken out by Jay Choi.
Levy open-shoved with 3♥3♣, but Choi woke up with 7♠7♥ before the dealer produced a board of K♥9♣2♠4♥4♠ to send Levy to the rail.
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 (20,000)
Kang goes bang
As the starting field for Day 1 of the WPTDeepStacks $1,100 NLH Freezeout started taking their seats, Alba Qi found herself flipping with A♥K♠ against the 7♥7♣ of Hyunku Kang.
The dealer brought the 7♦ in the window and Kang clapped, but the rest of the table let out a loud “OHHHH!” as the 7♠5♦ trailed behind to complete the flop.
The turn and river of 3♥, 8♦ were merely a formality, but although Qi was eliminated a short time later, both she and many of our eliminated players are now in amongst the action in Event #2 and there’s literally no spare seat in the house, as even the chairs at the PMA Live Reporting hotdesk were pinched before quickly being replaced!
After a raise from under the gun, action folded around to John Caridad who called on the button before Phillip Georgiou three-bet-shoved from the small blind with J♠9♥.
Zhi Han Neo then came in with an iso-shove out of the big blind with K♦K♣ and forced everyone else out of the way before the dealer spread a board that read 8♠Q♦3♣3♠4♥ to improve Neo to two pair.
|Zhi Han Neo||560,000|
Level 20: 8,000/16,000 (16,000)
Break it down
Back in 10 minutes, folks – see you soon!
As we stopped by Gary Benson’s table, we noticed that one Charles Melson had yet to make an appearance, with his stack sitting on top of his registration slip and being gradually blinded out.
Unlike the TDA standard, where a hand is auto-mucked and all blinds surrendered, the Star Sydney rule is that an absent player’s hand is still live on the big blind, even when they are all-in.
This means that theoretically, Melson could win the tournament without even playing a hand, though the odds against that happening would be astronomical (especially now that all his chips are gone).
That said, we have it on good authority that the rules are being changed to be consistent across all Star Entertainment properties and in time for the WPT Prime series at The Star Gold Coast in June.
The good news is, however, is that Melson’s prize is being held at the cashier cage, so Charles – if you’re out there, come and see the friendly team here at The Star Sydney!
After being crippled at the hands of Suzy Khouiss, Chuck Caris was felted at the hands of Yu Chen, who is now amongst a number of players who have reached the one-million chip mark, including Singapore’s own Ricky Wu, Peter Brasile and Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson.
Earlier, Caris got his money in with pocket nines, but ran face-first into the bullets of Khouiss to double her through; down to just 90,000 in chips, he moved them all-in pre-flop a few hands later with A-Q, but Chen woke up with J♥J♦ and held.
Level 19: 6,000/12,000 (12,000)
Death by a salesman
Todd Sekli has now moved up to almost half a million in chips after eliminating Glenn Mulcahy and in the process moving us all all into the money!
Immediately after Milan Stojkovic was eliminated, the PMA Live Reporting crew dashed over to catch the showdown between Mulcahy and Sekli.
Mulcahy pumped his fists after the flop came down 10♣Q♦A♣, but that elation soon turned to anger as the J♦ appeared on the turn to give Sekli the straight, which held after the 6♦ came down on the river.
Mulcahy kicked his seat in frustration before storming out the room; understandable given the sick beat, but as they say … that’s poker.
It didn’t take long for us to get down to the bubble, with Milan Stojkovic eliminated in 153rd place at the hands of Yu Chen.
Stojkovic ripped in the last of his stack pre-flop with K-Qo, but was called off by Chen who tabled A♥2♦.
Chen then improved to two pair after the board was spread 2♣8♦5♥6♠8♠.
Level 18: 5,000/10,000 (10,000)
Our remaining 157 players are now on a 20-minute comfort break. We’ll be back right after this!
That’s gotta hurt
Massive three-way all-in over on Table 10, where we caught WPT League Illawarra’s Tyson Orth and Wai Shing both at risk against Al Josue. For the first time this series, Danny McDonagh called the action over the mike.
“Oh boy, would you look at this?” McDonagh quipped, prompting several players to jump up out of their seats. “Kings, all in against Kings, all in against Aces!”
Board: 2♣9♦6♥4♥6♣. Ouch.
All smiles for Josue as he raked in a pot worth more than 500K, while Au and Orth headed to the exits shaking their heads in disbelief.
Smile, you’re on stream!
Presenting today’s starting nine on the Star Poker Sydney feature table which is broadcasting right now over at twitch.tv/StarPokerAU. Theo Dharma returns alongside fellow Sydneysiders Richie Samia and Sam Capra, but making his first appearance on Table 32 is none other than WA’s own Travis Endersby!
Feature table starting line-up
|1||Jazz A. Mathers||115,000|
Level 17: 4,000/8,000 (8,000)
Action has been relatively steady throughout the Star Poker Room during this first level, but as we began our first round of photos, we picked up action between Derek Ichilcik and Darius Bucinskas.
All the money was in the middle pre-flop; Ichilcik was at risk, but had got it in good with [invalid notations], but Bucinskas doubled through after the dealer spread the board of 4♦9♣3♣4♥A♣.
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It’s all about that money, honey
Time now for the WPTDeepStacks Sydney Opening Event financials in brief!
PRIZE POOL DIVIDENDS
|Total Prize Pool||$812,700|
FINAL TABLE PAYOUTS
Shuffle up and deal!
Cards are now in the air for Day 2 of the Opening Event! Tournament staff have confirmed that we’ll be playing through until the end of Level 27 or until we reach the final table, whichever comes first.
We’ve also verified that the top 151 players will be paid, meaning that we’re only 36 spots away from the money. Payout dividends coming your way very soon!
Level 16: 3,000/6,000 (6,000)
Welcome back to PokerMedia Australia and to The Star Sydney for Day 2 of the WPTDeepStacks Opening Event!
Our remaining 187 players are now un-bagging their chips in preparation for today’s session, which gets underway at 11:30am AEDT. Blind levels are now 45 minutes in duration.
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WPTDEEPSTACKS SYDNEY OPENING EVENT: BY THE NUMBERS
|Recommencing Blinds||3,000/6,000 (6,000)|
|Average Stack||161,500 (27 BBs)|
The total prize pool has reached a staggering $812,700, setting the stage for what looks to be a record-setting series in Australia.
Day 1A chipleader Romain Morvan still leads the way, after his movie-esque story from Wednesday; he was eliminated on the very first hand of play, only to re-enter and eventually bag 531,000, making him the only player over half a million today. He is followed by Khal Fayad (448,000), Andrew Kitchen (440,000), and Aaron Li (417,000).
Day 2 seat draw
|1||Lau, Heng seng||192,000|
|3||Li, Aaron s||417,000|
|5||Chen, Yung chiang||31,000|
|9||Neo, Zhi han||210,000|
|8||Lie, Tjhai fui||89,000|
|2||De gail, Peter||67,000|
|4||Li, De kun||125,000|
|7||Chen, Yu chen||283,000|
|6||Wong, Fook sang||241,000|
|9||Foo, Yong cheong||204,000|
|1||Lakshmanasamy, Ram kumar||222,000|
Stick with us here at PMA as we bring you all of the Day 2 action from conception to conclusion!